Qorikancha ruins and convent Santo Domingo in Cusco, Peru

Best of Peru for Families: Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Lima, Cusco

Suggested Duration

7 Days

Experience the very best of Peru during your seven-day trek through the country's breathtaking landscapes on a whirlwind vacation the whole family will fall in love with. Keep up with the frenzied pace of city life in Lima as you bike ride to the vibrant Barranco District and dine along the beautiful Miraflores coastline for panoramic views of the Pacific. Then, venture to the iconic birthplace of the Inca Empire of Cusco before making the final summit to UNESCO's internationally acclaimed Machu...

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Trip Highlights

  • Touch down at Lima's International Airport and dine in the prestigious neighborhood of Miraflores at sunset
  • Bike ride along the illustrious Pacific coast to the Barranco District and enjoy an entertaining light and water show the whole family will love
  • Tour the ancient Inca ruins in Cusco and attend a live music performance featuring traditional instruments in the Plaza de Armas
  • Venture beyond the city limits to meet Peru's friendly llamas and alpaca up close before perusing Cusco's massive outdoor markets
  • Ascend to the internationally acclaimed ruins of Machu Picchu alongside your expert guide and dip into the natural hot springs of Aguas Calientes
  • Make the trek up Huayna Picchu for panoramic views of the majestic Andes Mountains and indulge in a locally-sourced three-course meal
  • Sunbathe on Lima's beautiful beaches and visit the stunning ancient pyramid of Huaca Pucllana

Detailed Description

Set off on an adventure of a lifetime that the whole family will be talking about in the years to come. When you arrive in the beautiful South American country of Peru, you will be in awe of the illustrious landscapes, delectable cuisine, and warm, hospitable people. In the bustling city of Lima, you will keep up with the quickened pace of life as you get to know modern-day Peru, then travel back to colonial times when you explore the historic downtown. During the second half of your excursion, you will break away from city life to uncover artifacts of the great Inca Empire, including UNESCO's Machu Picchu ruins. Get ready for a seven-day, fun-filled getaway quite unlike any other.

You will touch down on Day One in Peru's bustling capital city of Lima. Momentarily, you will meet your private guide and be whisked away along busy highways and buzzing boulevards to Lima's downtown. Soon, you will arrive at your luxury hotel in Miraflores, the most prestigious neighborhood in all of Peru. Bold, white skyscrapers stand proudly opposite the shimmering waters of the Pacific Ocean. Couples gather in the verdant Parque del Amor while families set up picnics beside the iconic La Marina lighthouse. After settling into your hotel, you and the kids can venture outdoors for a bit of exploration. Stroll along Miraflores sparkling shoreline and watch as paragliders swiftly descend to the sandy shores below. In the evening, you can settle in for a three-course meal of authentic Peruvian cuisine in one of Miraflores' high-end restaurants. The next day, you and the kids can take a scenic bike ride south to the whimsical Barranco District, known for its bold facades and popping street art. Stop for lunch at one of many trendy Barranco restaurants, most of which were once colonial mansions belonging to Lima's Spanish elite. At dusk, you and the kids will attend a Light and Water Show amongst the backdrop of Lima's skyscrapers and energetic boulevards.

The following day, you will embark on a journey to the birthplace of the Inca Empire. In the early morning hours, you will board a short, regional flight to Cusco, located in the heart of the Andes Mountains. Once you arrive at your charming accommodations in the white stucco neighborhood of San Blas, hotel staff will greet you with a steeping cup of mate de coca tea, said to offset the effects of altitude sickness. Over the next two days, you will explore the beauty of Cusco as you explore the ancient ruins of Qorikancha, Tambomachay, and Saqsayhuaman and immerse yourself in local culture at the frenzied outdoor markets. The kids will love a visit to the llama and alpaca farm in the morning, followed by a live music performance later in the day. Finally, you will travel through the Sacred Valley to the acclaimed ruins of Machu Picchu and spend the next two days uncovering the beauty of this magical place.

Starting Price

$1,997 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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